DVD Class

Painting With Water-Based Media: Acrylic, Watercolor & Gouache (DVD + Streaming)


Item: W0205Q


Find out how to choose and confidently use nontoxic, water-based mediums that are easy to clean up and a joy to paint with. Artist Nina Weiss will help you build a foundation of skills for working with everything from gouache to acrylic and watercolor paints. Dive in with gouache to create smooth layers of paint, intriguing textures and custom color mixtures. Then, explore the wonders of watercolor through techniques including wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, gradient bleed, color wash and more. Discover watercolor pencils to create tonal washes, shadows and varying color temperatures. Expand your repertoire with acrylic as you learn brushwork tips as well as how to achieve a range of values and build contrast. Along the way, you’ll apply your skills to create a variety of still lifes and landscapes.

NOTE: If you’d like to purchase only the DVD for this class, you may do so through this link. (Please note, any class PDF materials are not on the DVD itself. You must have streaming access to download those materials associated with the class.)

Class Sessions

Introduction (15:45)
Meet your instructor, Nina Weiss! She’ll teach you how to set up your studio workspace for success and review the different kinds of water-based mediums you’ll use in class. Then learn the basics behind color mixing and the color wheel.

Gouache (20:00)
Learn how to paint with gouache, an opaque water-based medium. Nina will demonstrate how to use gouache for flat and even results, mix primary colors for the perfect look and practice painting complementary and contrasting color swatches. Finally, learn to create texture with scumbling.

A Lemon in Gouache (16:40)
Make a gouache painting of a lemon following Nina’s tricks and techniques. Begin with outlining the lemon in a contrasting color, not pencil. Don’t worry about making mistakes; Nina will show you how to wash over them. Finally, learn how to layer thick strokes to complete the lemon look.

Watercolor (19:28)
Get started painting with watercolors as Nina details the best products and paints for professional-looking art! Learn the wet-on-wet technique and how to add texture and color variation using a gradient bleed. Then learn to use the wet-on-dry technique for a hard-edged look.

A Watercolor Landscape (10:54)
Start painting a landscape in watercolor with Nina’s color wash technique. Use the wet-on-wet method throughout the painting for a smooth, blended look. Then, learn how to preserve white spaces like magic using frisket. Finally, work with lights and darks to create contrast within your watercolor work.

Water-Based Colored Pencils (09:33)
Learn about drawing and painting with watercolor pencils! Nina details the pros and cons of working with two dramatically different watercolor pencil techniques: tonal and linear drawing. Then, using your new knowledge of the color wheel, learn how to dull colors for variation within basic colors.

Water-Based Colored Pencil Landscape (15:19)
Create tonal washes using watercolor pencils using Nina’s demonstration of a landscape drawing. Mix darks and lights for shadows and warm and cool color variations to add dimension. Learn how to save your white space on paper and add lines to create detail on top of the color-washed painting.

Acrylics (19:09)
Start painting with acrylics for a new, opaque look to your art. Nina details the differences between acrylics and other water-based mediums and begins to demonstrate the ways to create contrast between warm and cool colors, light and dark colors and complementary colors.

A Lemon in Acrylic (14:19)
Use your knowledge of acrylics to paint three lemons. Follow Nina’s contrast techniques between lights and darks to create spatial depth, then learn to use more than just yellow to create the lemon hue! Finally, finish your painting with a contrasting foreground and background to complete the illusion of depth.

Your Instructor

Nina Weiss

In 1980, Nina Weiss left the cities of the East Coast for the farmlands of the American Midwest. The vast open spaces inspired her to begin her journey as a landscape painter. Today, Nina’s work is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, as well as in a variety of books and films. Nina taught for more than 18 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she’s currently teaching at Columbia College Chicago.

Bonus Materials

Supplies and Resources


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How do I stream my class on Craftsy.com?
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